With the country in the grip of cold weather and heating bills rising since April, people are adopting a variety of tactics to reduce their gas and electricity costs.
But John Lawless, heating specialist at Heating Suppliers, bestheating, has looked at some of the most common heating tips and busted them all.
Ignoring myths can cut hundreds of pounds off your bills.
You should turn on the heating when it is cold outside – False
In a recent BestHeating poll, 42% said they turn up their thermostat when it’s cold outside, but don’t need to because the thermostat is there to maintain the interior temperature, no matter the weather. .
It also doesn’t help to turn on the thermostat and heat the room quickly because it only makes the room warm at that speed. Doing one of these will cost you money without reward because it won’t heat the house at all.
Pets Prefer a Warm Home – False
More than a fifth of Brits have a higher temperature when they are not at home and taking care of their pets at night, with 60% admitting that their pets want it, but this is actually not true.
Animals with large, thick coats prefer lower temperatures while only your hairless little cats and dogs prefer the warm feeling.
You should always provide your pet with a soft, warm bedding, and open the curtains to let the sun shine through, giving them a place to sunbathe.
It is cheaper to heat the house with an electric heater instead of a radiator – False
Central heating is much cheaper to run than an electric heater, for each unit of heat put out by an electric heater will cost about three times more than a unit of heat from one of your radiators.
Obviously an electric heater will prove cheaper if you forget to turn off the radiator in rooms where you aren’t, but that doesn’t count on your bills.
Painting Your Radiators Black Can Lower Your Energy Bill – FALSE
This is a common myth that is built on the idea that black absorbs heat quickly so will transfer heat at a better rate than white or other colored radiators. Insulating walls is more important than preventing heat from escaping completely out of your home.
It’s a good idea to put reflective panels behind radiators, these will help cut down on energy use by reflecting heat from the radiator back into the room, preventing it from escaping through exterior walls.
It is better to have a bigger boiler than a smaller one – False
Two-fifths believe this to be true and that the size of the boiler matters but it should be in relation to the size of the house. Having a large boiler in a regular sized home can end up wasting money on your bills. Make sure you understand how yours works as a recent BestHeating survey revealed that 62% of Brits don’t know what the valves on a radiator or boiler do.
The amount of heat you get from a boiler is determined by the size of your radiators, which means it won’t matter if you have a high output boiler but small radiators. Finding the right size boiler that doesn’t put in a lot of effort and doesn’t have a lot to offer is the most energy efficient and cheapest way.
John said: “Bills are rising rapidly for many people this winter and it is important that those who perpetuate misconceptions about heating know what they are doing wrong so that they can You can save that much money and set the thermostat to the right temperature.
“We hope we have debunked many of the major myths for people across the country and find a way to reduce the amount of energy they use while protecting their radiators, bank accounts and most importantly their pets. provided a clear indication.”
Laura McGuddy, Group Head of Energy at the Energy Saving Trust (EST)Energy SavingTrust.org.uk), which promotes energy efficiency and sustainable energy, says: “By making small changes, we can make ourselves more comfortable and have a positive impact on the environment while simultaneously reducing our energy bills.”
The Trust is concerned that with more people working from home and staying home during the pandemic, it is likely that household energy consumption and bills will increase this winter more than ever before. To help homeowners save money on heating bills and reduce their carbon footprint, the Trust has identified five small changes you can make…
1. Turn the Thermostat Down Slightly
Don’t worry, you don’t have to turn the heating down a lot to make a big difference in your bills—EST says that if you turn down your main thermostat just one degree, you’ll save about 10% on your energy. Bills can be saved. But it is important not to overdo it by turning it down. McGady insists: “Make sure your home is warm enough during cold weather. Cold houses can harm your health.”
2. Close the Curtains
Closing your curtains in the evening, which is around the same time that the heating is on, will help prevent heat from escaping through the windows. The thicker the curtains, the better.
3. Check Drafts
Feel around your windows and doors to make sure there are no drafts, and seal any holes or use draft exclusions where possible. EST says that draft-proofing windows and doors and closing cracks in floors and skirting boards can save about £20 per year on energy bills.
4. Get the Right Time
As many people continue to work from home, take advantage of your commute time and set your heating to turn on after half an hour. If you have a timer on your central heating, turn it on only when needed and, if possible, install a smart meter, which EST says can cut a home’s electricity use by 2.8% and gas usage by 2.8%. Estimated to help reduce 2%.
5. Layer Up
As the temperature outside drops, ditch your comfy jumpers and slippers and wrap warm to prevent the need to crank up the heating.